11 August 2007 /TODAY’S ZAMAN
Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) deputy for Manisa Erdoğan Yetenç resigned from his party on Friday. Observers here say Yetenç’s resignation is related to differences of opinion within the party.
Some suggest that he resigned because the CHP’s leader Deniz Baykal did not support Yetenç’s bid for the post of administrative chief of the party’s parliamentary group. Instead the post went to Ahmet Küçük, CHP deputy for Ankara, who received 50 votes to Yetenç’s 33. Party insiders put Yetenç’s defeat down to opposition from influential party member Manisa deputy Şahin Mengü. With Yetenç’s resignation, the CHP is now left with 98 seats in Parliament.